Local news

I know the winter was long, but this is more than a little extreme:

A man tried to kill himself with a wood chipper in Roseville Thursday afternoon.

The crew of a tree repair service company was clearing trees in a public area when the man appeared and jumped head-first into the industrial-sized wood chipper.

The workers immediately turned off the machines and called 911.

The man was rushed to Regions Hospital in St. Paul where he remains in the intensive care unit. Officials say he suffered severe, life-threatening injuries to his head and torso.

Roseville Police said the incident was likely a suicide attempt, noting that the man did not leave a note or any indication of his intentions.

Video story available here.

Too many screenings of Fargo, perhaps? This is too hardcore.

About Hummels


At this point, some readers may say, huh? How can a statute of limitations for copyright infringement bar a state law claim for an accounting of profits between co-authors brought under diversity jurisdiction? The answer according to the majority is that the accounting cause of action was predicated on there being co-authorship status; if there can be no such co-authorship claim because the statute of limitations bars even a facial assertion of co-authorship status, there can be no possible accounting cause of action. The majority found the copyright limitations indeed barred the co-authorship claim, and hence affirmed dismissal of the claim.

You know you have crossed a threshold when you start finding copyright law funny. I couldn’t read Patry’s post about the I.P. issues surrounding Hummels without thinking of About Schmidt. There’s also a funny (to me at least) bit about Hummel photographer knock-offs.

Happy Holidays

One of the interesting things about this video is that it presents the “story” of an event without resort to any linguistic content (save the holiday message at the end—not essential to the “story”). The camera movement unfolds over time, but even without that the sound cues you in to the concept that something is happening. The two components, in concert, provide a fleshed-out narrative that can only be said to be “meaningful” given an implicit knowledge of the cultural significance of mistletoe.

These three elements—change (movement?), environment (sound more than space in this example), and implicit knowledge of rules—are key non-linguistic elements of narrative, I think.

In other holiday news, the Swapatorium gallery of Department Store Santas is marvelous. This one is a favorite for me.